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Lost Prophet (1992)
« on: May 06, 2017, 12:54:16 AM »

Unstable man spends the summer in an empty mansion, where he meets punks, serial killers and witches.

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Unexpected terrors lie on the dark terrain of wonder. Awakening a captive of his dreams, Jim (James Burton) struggles to survive in the wilderness of his mind. A distant mansion draws the dream-vagabond to a New Age witch and psychotic killer. Playing with self-destruction and death, the "Lost Prophet" faces his subconscious enemy with passive, child-like fascination. Michael de Avila's film is an intense mood piece that adeptly seduces the viewer into a hypnotic state. The film stars James Burton, Zandra Huston, Drew Morone and James Tucker
Michael de Avila's "Lost Prophet" is an arty, low-budget horror fantasy that doesn't attempt to be shocking or scary in a conventional way...In following the wanderings of a disoriented young man who grows progressively more agitated, it tries to induce in the audience a childlike emotional state that is equal parts fear and wonder...The black and white film is essentially a manipulation of cinematic mood that, as the central character appears to come apart, shifts in attitude from anxious curiousity into terror. By the end of the film it is hard to know whether the demon that the character battles is real or imaginary. Among the movies to which it alludes are "The Shining", "Psycho", and "Repulsion"... "Lost Prophet" succeeds as a mood piece evoking childhood memories of feeling alone in a strange old house where unnameable dangers lurk in every shadow and behind every creaking door. -- Stephen Holden, New York Times, June 8, 1992

Wow! I've unearthed what appears to be a forgotten gem of underground cinema! Wish I could find a copy of this one! There sadly isn't a DVD release and the original VHS is unavailable on Amazon. I love that trailer. The music is beautiful. Looks a lot like Begotten. Also looks like there are some similarities with Bela Tarr's work too.

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Re: Lost Prophet (1992)
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2017, 01:25:45 AM »
Looks amazing!

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Re: Lost Prophet (1992)
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Re: Lost Prophet (1992)
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2017, 09:16:29 PM »
I just finished watching this one on YouTube. I usually hate watching movies on my computer, but since I've had no luck tracking down a physical copy of this one, I really didn't have any other option.

Wow! This one was really well-done. Loved the dreamlike quality and the black and white cinematography. It was very much a psychological character study. Not a gorefest by any means, but it has a few bloody kill scenes. The main focus is on atmosphere and the main character's descent into madness as death and mayhem consumes the people around him.

I hope somebody gives this one a DVD or Blu-Ray release sometime. I need to add it to my collection!